23 November 2004
By Vincent Boland in Ankara, Andreas Hadjipapas in Nicosia and,Kerin Hope in Athens
Officials in Ankara declined to comment yesterday on remarks at the weekend by George Iacovou, the Greek Cypriot foreign minister, calling for Turkey to recognise his government.
Turkey is insisting it will not recognise the republic of Cyprus ahead of next month's European Union decision on opening membership talks with Ankara despite renewed Cypriot threats to veto the move.
The stalemate is looming increasingly large ahead of the EU decision to open accession talks on December 17. Turkey is the only European country that does not recognise the Cyprus government, which it claims represents only the majority Greek Cypriot community on the divided island. It is also the only country that recognises the government of the Turkish enclave in northern Cyprus, which is not part of the EU...
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